Root canal procedure or endodontics is required when the blood or pulp of the tooth becomes infected because of decay or injury. Pain might not be present, but the tooth will usually darken in color. This indictates nerve of the tooth is dead or dying. In the center of every tooth is the pulp, it is made up of nerves and blood vessels that supply the tooth nutrients and allow for sensation to temperature and pressure. If you don’t remove the dead pulp tissue using root canal therapy, the tooth and eventually the bone around it will become infected. This infection can result in unnecessary pain and possibly even loss of the tooth.
Root Canal Therapy
Root canal therapy is the procedure done to carefully remove the pulp and clean the root canals that it travels through. The goal of a root canal is to remove all infection. Root canal therapy requires a skilled dentist and may multiple visits to your dentist. Local anaesthetic is used so that you are comfortable during treatment. Some soreness is normal after the appointment. Usually a medication such as Ibuprofen will be recommended to help with this temporary discomfort
Root Canal Recovery
After root canal therapy, when the tooth has healed a dental crown maybe needed to cover the tooth and make it stronger. Root canal treated teeth should be maintained the same as other teeth. Brush your teeth twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste. Limit sugar in foods and drinks. Avoid chewing on the treated tooth for several days so the tooth can heal without any more trauma. Warm salt-water rinses are best for sore gums. In some cases, discomfort is felt for the first 48 hours. It will subside and feel normal in 7 to 14 days. A post root canal visit for a final restoration is necessary to prevent new bacteria leaking into the tooth and contaminating the new root canal filling. It will also reduce the chance of tooth fracture.
Root Canal at Dentist in Austin
Dr. Hadden and her staff know that root canal therapy can be a scary thought. We are available to discuss options and answer the questions you need to know. Call us today to schedule a consultation.